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Cubs Activate Matt Duffy, DFA Eric Sogard on Friday

The Chicago Cubs activated 3B Matt Duffy from the 60-day IL on Friday. To make room on the roster, the team DFA’d INF Eric Sogard.

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The Chicago Cubs officially activated 3B Matt Duffy on Friday after a trip to the 60-day IL. In order to make room for Duffy on the roster, the Cubs designated INF Eric Sogard for assignment.

Duffy was off to a strong start in 2021 before a back injury forced him to eventually end up on the 60-day IL. In 38 games this season, Duffy is slashing .278/.377/.356 with one home run and 12 RBIs. Although his numbers don’t blow anyone away, Duffy’s presence in the lineup was missed. The Cubs offense noticeably regressed when he ended up on the injured list.

As for Sogard, the infielder played 78 games for the Cubs, playing numerous positions and even appearing as a relief pitcher numerous times. Sogard’s numbers were pretty tough, slashing .249/.283/.314 this season. In addition, his 65 OPS+ is egregiously below the league average (100). He may have been a solid depth addition in the offseason, but Sogard didn’t do much to improve the Cubs roster in 2021.

The Cubs begin their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at 1:20 p.m. CDT. Friday’s game marks the start of a seven-game homestand for the Cubs as they ride into the trade deadline on July 30.

Work as an accountant by day. Huge Chicago sports fan. Played college football and only wish I could skate well enough to play hockey. Twitter: @rnldluce Instagram: @rnldluce

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